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I’ve Been There: Uniworld River Cruises

August 18th, 2015

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20 Countries, 13 Rivers, 40 Itineraries, 500 Departures

Multi-award winner Uniworld Boutique River Cruises provide distinctive ships, creative itineraries

If you have been aboard one or more of the many cruise ships available today – perhaps sailing the in the Caribbean or sailing the west coast to Alaska, you may now want to consider a cruise in Europe. And if so, given your experiences aboard a very large cruise ship, you may now want to consider ‘stepping on board to the next level.’

Primarily for the experienced cruise passenger, Uniworld River Cruises takes you beyond.

Uniworld River Cruises, headquartered in Los Angeles, was founded in 1976 and was the first river cruise company to focus on the North American passenger. The introduction of all English-speaking river cruises, meals catering to the North American market, pre and post cruise land programs (standard offerings today) were the result of innovations introduced by Uniworld.

Uniworld has a fleet of ten company-owned and operated ships in Europe, as well as charter partnerships in Russia, Egypt, Portugal, China, Vietnam, and Cambodia. Uniworld’s fleet has been designed and decorated by the Red Carnation Hotel Collection design team. Red Carnation’s award-winning collection of family-run, world-class hotels is renowned for its expertise in operating luxury boutique hotels and is a sister company to Uniworld. In recent years, the Red Carnation design team has overseen every detail of Uniworld’s European ships, helping to create stunning, welcoming interiors. The close synergy shared between Uniworld and Red Carnation has resulted in unparalleled levels of quality of service and stylish luxury, allowing Uniworld to offer the very finest river cruising experience available.

Uniworld’s guests enjoy an intimate, boutique hotel-style experience onboard luxuriously appointed river cruise ships with five-star inclusions. With an average capacity of 130 guests and a ratio of one highly trained crew member to every three guests, Uniworld provides award-winning service and has been recognized as one of the world’s best small ship cruise lines in surveys published by both Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure.

Why? Uniworld has been cruising waterways for more than 30 years, and delivers a guest satisfaction rating of 98 per cent. On board the various ships, there is an average of 134 guests with one staff member for every three guests.
Uniworld’s superb food and beverage program – awarded by Zagat as the only river cruise company to receive high standards in dining – has been created by Bernhard Zorn, Uniworld’s certified Global Master Chef, who ensures his team of world-class chefs prepare a wonderful selection of selections using fresh local produce available from the destinations of each itinerary. As well, Uniworld’s distinctive wine program was developed by Red Carnations renowned sommelier from their Relais & Châteaux member hotel.

But if you are indeed a ‘Foodie’, Uniworld offers those appreciative of the delights of food and wine an added-value plan aptly entitled Epicurean Adventurer Program. The program is designed to take guests deeper into the wonderful world of wine and food from the regions they visit. The Epicurean Adventurer Program includes a special wine and food pairing dinner, a culinary demonstration and tastings led by a master chef, and an exclusive shore excursion to a private wine tasting.

Onshore, Uniworld ensures the best quality included excursions hosted by expert English-speaking local guides who use state-of-the-art Quietvox headset systems to enhance guests’ sightseeing experience. All of Uniworld’s itineraries and excursions are planned by Uniworld employees who physically investigate every aspect of each itinerary to ensure the highest level of delivery throughout each cruise.

Gary Hill at Uniglobe Glen Abbey Travel in Oakville, Ontario sailed on the River Beatrice from Budapest, Hungary to Passau, Germany. Gary Hill can be contacted at 905 827 7272 or you can email

Patricia Gaudreau has been aboard four Uniworld Cruises. Patricia can be reached at Uniglobe Donaldson Travel in Cambridge at 519 823 7570 or email Patricia at

Jane McManus at Uniglobe Instant Travel in London has also had the pleasure. Jane can be contacted at 519 660 6966 x 234.

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